SAF's new class of 30 interns and fellows are set to start working in the fields this week!

College students from across the country are coming to NC this week to work with migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the Southeast during the 2011 agricultural season. Through SAF's Into the Fields Summer Internship and Sowing Seeds for Change Fellowship Programs, students will support farmworker families to address health and safety concerns, increase access to education, and resolve legal issues such as wage theft and inadequate housing.

Fifteen of these young people have grown up in farmworking families, often working alongside their parents. They bring valuable experiences and perspectives as they partner with students from more privileged backgrounds.  SAF interns work with a variety of community-based organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. In return for their work over the summer, students receive a per diem, free furnished housing, an academic scholarship, 3 free trainings, and academic credit.

Farmworkers are among the hardest working and poorest paid workers in the US, averaging a meager $11,000 annual salary.  Despite their contributions to the billion dollar agricultural industry, farmworkers continue to face anti-immigrant discrimination, unequal labor laws, child labor, and lack of access to much needed healthcare and education.